Although he himself is fully an Englishman, Alfred's father was a Spanish waiter and his mother was an Italian housekeeper. His southern European background has allowed him to play characters of almost any heritage.
He gained a good amount of weight to play the huge Diego Rivera in Frida (2002) and then slimmed down to play Dr. Octopus in Spider-Man 2 (2004). Alfred regretted that due to his part as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof", he again was forced to regain his bulk.
Was chosen to play Doc Ock after Spider-Man 2 (2004) director Sam Raimi and his wife watched Frida (2002).
Was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award: in 1998 as Best Actor (Play) for "Art," and in 2004 as Best Actor (Musical) for portraying Tevye in a revival of "Fiddler on the Roof."
Auditioned for the part of Rimmer in Red Dwarf (1988).
Educated at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he started out as a busker specializing in stand-up comedy and doing odd jobs to supplement his welfare cheque, before being accepted by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1977.
Was nearly cast as Al Capone in Road to Perdition (2002).
He has one daughter, Rachel Molina (b. 1980) from a previous relationship. He also has 2 adopted sons, Sean Gascoine & Adam Gascoine, from his wife Jill Gascoine's first marriage.
Considers Not Without My Daughter (1991) and Enchanted April (1991) his favorite roles.
Is a huge fan of jazz.
Speaks Spanish and Italian fluently.
Has been turned into a Lego mini-figure twice: first for his role as Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2 (2004), and again for his role as Satipo in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
He studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
As of 2010, he has been nominated three times for the Tony award: in 1998 as Best Actor (Play) for "Art"; in 2004 as Best Actor (Musical) for portraying Tevye in a revival of "Fiddler on the Roof"; in 2010 as Best Actor (Play) for "Red." Both "Art" and "Red" deal with struggle of character relations and personal views over a canvas painting.
Teacher of William Shakespeare at Circus Theatricals in Los Angeles. [March 2003]
Filming Spider-Man 2 (2004). [December 2003]
Currently in rehearsals for the Broadway revival of "Fiddler on the Roof," in which he will portray the lead character, Tevye. [December 2003]
Currently starring alongside Annette Bening in "The Cherry Orchard" at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. [February 2006]
As of 2015, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Chocolat (2000) and An Education (2009).
Lives in Los Angeles, California.
Has spoken fondly about his debut role in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and said three positive things in particular about the experience: the movie became one of the biggest blockbusters of all time, he loved working for Steven Spielberg, and he and his girlfriend (later his wife) were expecting their first child when he was hired and he was able to use his salary to buy all of the necessities for a nursery and clothing ahead of time.
Friends with Debra Messing, and John Lithgow.
Was a nominee for Most Promising Newcomer in the 1980 Laurence Olivier Awards for his performance in 'Oklahoma'.
Father-in-law of Laura Niemi.
His wife Jill Gascoine is 16 years older than him.